50 Mile Route
Explore Louisville along a portion of the Louisville Loop
Another great Ohio River route that takes you along several miles of the Louisville Loop, which, when completed, will be a 100-mile loop around the city. Starting from Louisville’s Waterfront Park, you’ll head west along the Louisville Loop/Louisville Riverwalk multi-use path taking you past some of Louisville’s iconic attractions like the Belle of Louisville, Muhammad Ali Center and Kentucky Peerless Distillery.
A few miles into your ride, you’ll cruise past the McAlpine Locks & Dam. You may even time it just right to see a barge, river cruise boat, or even the Belle of Louisville making its way through the locks to get around the falls. Continue on the path until you reach Northeastern Parkway. This residential street highlights the historic homes that makeup Louisville’s Portland neighborhood. Settled in the 1800s, Portland began as a port for travelers to stop and board overland transportation to avoid the Falls of the Ohio before boarding another ship. To learn more about this instrumental neighborhood to Louisville’s history, cruise on over to the Portland Museum & learn about the first female riverboat captain from Louisville & an NFL football legend who grew up in the neighborhood.
After cruising through Portland, you’ll go through Shawnee Park & Chickasaw Park. These parks have been a part of many changes to Louisville’s landscape through the years from the 1937 flood to having a young Muhammad Ali run through the parks as part of his training when he was a young boxer since his childhood home is located not too far away. After making your way through the parks, your ride route will move you onto a few roads, such as Algonquin Parkway & Camp Ground Road, but not to worry - it’s only for a few miles and then you’ll rejoin the Louisville Loop.
Look for the circular Louisville Loop signs along Camp Ground Road. You will turn onto Lees Lane to connect back with the Louisville Loop. After rejoining the Louisville Loop, you’ll stay on the multi-use path until you reach the historic Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing. This National Register of Historic Places home was built in 1838, and during the late 1800s was a river transportation hub that allowed travelers to rest, purchase/trade goods, or ferry across the river to Indiana. Before turning around and heading back towards downtown Louisville, stop at Mike Linnig’s Restaurant, along the Louisville Loop. This local favorite has been in operation since 1925 and has fed generations of Louisvillians. Order inside and then find a place outside to refuel. You may hear live music playing or see some classic cars during their Street Rod Nationals events. After refreshing & filling up water bottles, just jump back onto the Louisville Loop and head back towards downtown Louisville following the route you took.
Points of Interest:
- Louisville Loop
- Louisville Waterfront Park & Big Four Bridge
- Muhammad Ali Center
- Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company
- Art on the Loop near Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company
- Lookout landing along the Louisville Loop overlooking the canal
- McAlpine Locks & Dam
- Portland Museum
- Squire Earick House—Oldest known wood-frame house in Louisville
- Shawnee & Chickasaw Parks
- The Farnsley-Moreman Landing
- Mike Linnig’s Restaurant